July 25, 2014

Energy Saving Tips for Manufactured Homes

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If you own a manufactured home (formerly called mobile homes), you may feel like the only option you have to make it more energy efficient is to replace incandescent lightbulbs with CFLs or LEDs. In fact, there are many actions you can take that will save … [Read more...]

Keep Cool With Attic Radiant Barriers

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  Q. My air-conditioning costs are high, but we still feel too warm at times. Ads for radiant barriers say they save a lot. How do they work, do they save much, and what is the cost? A: Ads about “huge” energy savings from installing attic … [Read more...]

Cool Energy Bills with Metal Roofing

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Asphalt shingles are still the norm in most regions, but the next roof over your head could be an energy-saving metal one made of stainless steel and painted to reflect hot sun rays. Thomas Jefferson chose metal roofing to shelter Monticello, his … [Read more...]

Improving the Efficiency of Older Doors

Energy losses from inefficient entry doors can account for a significant part of your monthly utility bills. When leaky doors create drafts, people tend to set the furnace thermostat higher, which wastes even more energy. There are ways to improve the … [Read more...]

Help Your Electric Co-op Keep Rates Affordable

A message for all Michigan electric co-op member-owners. . . The fight to maintain affordable, reliable electricity continues–and you can help! Co-op members are needed to step up and let their voices be heard. Electric co-ops across the country are … [Read more...]

Tightening the net

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Electric co-ops innovate to secure their members' digital data Amidst continuing cyber threats from crafty computer hackers, electric coops are mounting sturdy defenses to safeguard their members’ digital data and ensure reliable power delivery. One way … [Read more...]

Hydropower: Time-tested Renewable Energy

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This is fifth in a series on how electricity is generated. The first (January) was about coal, the second about new nuclear options (June), the third about wind (July-August), and the fourth about natural gas (October). Watch future issues for stories … [Read more...]

Biomass Fuels Renewable Energy

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This is fifth in a series on how electricity is generated. The others covered clean-coal technology, nuclear, wind power and natural gas. Watch future issues for stories about other fuel sources. Biomass” consists of any biological material that can be … [Read more...]

Extreme Efficiency Makeover: Wrap Your Home In Savings

Extreme home makeovers can update your living space, but an energy efficiency makeover will ensure your home performs at its peak. Everything from “low-hanging fruit,” like swapping out lightbulbs, to “bigger ticket” items such as replacing appliances with … [Read more...]

Shale Shock: Natural Gas May Edge Out Coal as Nation’s Primary Power Source

This is fourth in a series on how electricity is generated. The others covered clean-coal technology, nuclear and wind power. Watch future issues for stories about renewables and other fuel sources. Over the past decade, the North American natural gas … [Read more...]